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Creamy risotto with asparagus, fresh herbs and basil pesto.
1. Bring the chicken broth to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Then cover the pan and keep broth warm over a low heat.
2. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add the rice and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until lightly toasted.
3. Add 1/2 cup of chicken broth to the rice and stir for about 2 minutes, until almost completely absorbed. Stir in the asparagus, spinach, chives, and thyme and season with salt and pepper. Continue cooking the rice, adding more broth 1/2 cup at a time and stirring constantly, for 20 to 30 minutes total. Make sure the prior 1/2 cup of broth is absorbed before adding the next 1/2 cup. Continue cooking until the rice is smooth and creamy. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese and pesto. Serve immediately.
I’ve found that almost everyone has their own way of making rice. In my rice cooking method, I first soak the rice, then drain it and then toast the rice along with spices until it’s fragrantly nutty. To accentuate the nutty flavor in this recipe, I add toasted sesame seeds and toasted coconut, which is a fun twist on a classic pot of rice.
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